The Crossroads Blues Society has a wonderful new review of Doug MacLeod’s There’s A Time by Mark Thompson in their March-April Newsletter:
“Highlights abound, starting with “Black Nights”, a worrying blues about nightfall and the intense feelings it conjures up. “Run With the Devil” is a descriptive portrait of a man from MacLeod’s past who “..played music with a cross-eyed mind.”. The talking blues is set up by sharp slide licks on ‘Owl’. MacLeod paints another vivid picture on “St. Elmo’s Room and Pool”, making you feel right at home at a neighborhood joint that offers” ..a fine selection of real cheap blues” in addition to a variety of illegal en-tertainment options. On “I’ll be Walking On”, he delicately picks on ‘Moon’ while his voice rises in a mournful cry as love fades. The shimmering tones of the 12 string El Trovador compliment MacLeod’s voice as he slips into the falsetto range on “The Up Song”, delivering a positive message about the power of hope.
Doug MacLeod has earned the many accolades and honors that have come his way in recent years. He continues to find creative ways to rework the blues traditions, honoring the legacies of the legends he learned from. Keeping in mind that he has over twenty recordings to his credit, There’s a Time might be his best yet. He takes us into the darkness, then pulls us out, offering a glimmer of hope that some day we can make the world a better place. Until then, be thankful that we have him around to continue to guide us to look at the world with brand new eyes. This one come highly recommended!” — Mark Thompson, Crossroads Blues Society
For the full review, check out www.crossroadsbluessociety.com